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Monday
Jan252016

Jan. 28 Lunch Program with Marketing Communications Pro

Attend the Jan. 28 lunch program and learn from Matt Collister, a local freelance writer, editor, storyteller, content creator, and leader with 15+ years of marcomm experience—and IABC member! 

Matt Collister embarked on a freelance writing career in early 2015. Before that, he racked up more than 14 years in marketing communications at Progressive—one of the area’s largest employers, and one of the country’s leading insurance brands. Join us as Matt shares some of the experiences that have influenced the way he writes for a variety of audiences. He’ll also offer some general insight into what’s helped him be a successful marcomm professional.

This program will benefit anyone who has to produce copy for a living -- from writers, editors, non-profit leaders, to small business owners. Registration closes at 2pm 1/27.

When: Jan. 28; lunch and networking start at 11:30 am; program begins at noon. 

Where: Crowne Center, 5005 Rockside Road, Lower Level Amphitheater, Independence, OH 44131

Includes: Attendance includes a boxed lunch of your choice. 

Costs: Early-bird (ends Jan. 22) costs for IABC members, $10; non-members, $15; students and professionals-in-transition, $10.

From Jan. 22-26: IABC members, $15; non-members, $20; students and professionals-in-transition, $15.

Monday
Jan252016

Writing Tips of a Marketing Communications Pro--Jan. 28 Lunch Program

Matt Collister, Jan. 28 Program SpeakerAttend the Jan. 28 lunch program and learn from Matt Collister, a local freelance writer, editor, storyteller, content creator, and leader with 15+ years of marcomm experience--and IABC member! 

Matt Collister embarked on a freelance writing career in early 2015. Before that, he racked up more than 14 years in marketing communications at Progressive—one of the area’s largest employers, and one of the country’s leading insurance brands. Join us as Matt shares some of the experiences that have influenced the way he writes for a variety of audiences. He’ll also offer some general insight into what’s helped him be a successful marcomm professional. Registration closes at 2pm 1/27

This program will benefit anyone who has to produce copy for a living -- from writers, editors, non-profit leaders, to small business owners. 

When: Jan. 28; lunch and networking start at 11:30 am; program begins at noon. 

Where: Crowne Center, 5005 Rockside Road, Lower Level Amphitheater, Independence, OH 44131

Includes: Attendance includes a boxed lunch of your choice. 

Costs: Early-bird (ends Jan. 22) costs for IABC members, $10; non-members, $15; students and professionals-in-transition, $10.

From Jan. 22-26: IABC members, $15; non-members, $20; students and professionals-in-transition, $15.

Thursday
Sep172015

Schultz Named 2015 Communicator of the Year

Pulitzer Prize winner Connie Schultz is the IABC Northeast Ohio 2015 Communicator of the Year! Schultz is being recognized for the effects her writing – which frequently focuses on Cleveland, common sense, and social justice, often at the same time – has on the Northeast Ohio community. In addition to her fresh and topical writing, this year Schultz was the guest interviewer of Michelle Knight, one of three women held captive by a Cleveland man for almost a decade, at the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center annual luncheon. She interviewed Ms. Knight in front of an audience of 1,500 people and humanized the story, showing compassion and caring through a professional and thoughtful lens. Schultz's work through print, online, and social media tells stories that are part of the daily discourse.

Join Us October 7 to Celebrate Our Communicator of the Year
On Wednesday, October 7, 2015, join area communicators for a night of conversation, great food, and celebrating Communicator of the Year, Vision Award winners, and others recognized for their outstanding communication efforts starting at 6:00PM at Chinato, 2079 E. 4th, Cleveland, Ohio 44115. The early-bird cost of $10 for IABC members and $15 for non-members, and $15 for students and professionals-in-transition. Register Now!

More About Connie Schultz
Schultz is currently a nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate and a contributor to Parade Magazine. She worked at The Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper from 1993 to 2011, where she won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for commentary and was a finalist for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in feature writing.

Schultz has won a number of additional honors, including the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Social Justice Reporting, the National Headliner Award's Best of Show and journalism awards from both Harvard and Columbia universities. In 2004, Schultz won the Batten Medal, which honors "a body of journalistic work that reflects compassion, courage, humanity and a deep concern for the underdog." She also is the author of two books, Life Happens: And Other Unavoidable Truths and ...and His Lovely Wife.

Wednesday
Sep092015

Sept 24 Luncheon: Developing Compelling Messages for an Electronic Audience of Thousands

Do you know how to capture the attention of your audience when you send out your email or other electronic communication? Learn from Melissa Nelson, an internal communications manager at Deloitte. In her Sept. 24 presentation, Developing Compelling Messages for an Electronic Audience of Thousands, she'll share her internal communications challenges, successes and best practices when communicating to thousands of busy professionals. Arrive for networking and lunch at 11:30 am, and be ready to learn from one of the best at noon, when the program starts.

Who should attend this event: Anyone charged with the task of sending interesting and informative communications to a large organization.

When: Sept. 2411:30-1:30 program

Where: Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County, 6393 Oak Tree Boulevard, Independence

Cost: Cost includes lunch; parking is free.

Early-bird (until Sept. 18). $10 for IABC members, students, and professionals-in-transition; $15 non-members

After Sept. 18: $15 for IABC members, students, and professionals-in-transition; $20 for non-members

Register today for this exciting lunch program.

About Melissa Nelson

Melissa Nelson, an internal communications Manager for Deloitte, has more than 20 years of experience across the technology and communications arena. She spent much of her career managing the IT department for the Deloitte Cleveland and Columbus offices providing technology leadership and support for more than 450 professionals. Currently, she is part of the national IT communications team. Her role includes writing and publishing technology related information under time constraints, tight deadlines, and incorporating the input of many stakeholders.

Wednesday
Sep092015

Sept 24 Luncheon: Developing Compelling Messages for an Electronic Audience of Thousands

Do you know how to capture the attention of your audience when you send out your email or other electronic communication? Learn from Melissa Nelson, an internal communications manager at Deloitte. In her Sept. 24 presentation, Developing Compelling Messages for an Electronic Audience of Thousands, she'll share her internal communications challenges, successes and best practices when communicating to thousands of busy professionals. Arrive for networking and lunch at 11:30 am, and be ready to learn from one of the best at noon, when the program starts.

Who should attend this event: Anyone charged with the task of sending interesting and informative communications to a large organization.

When: Sept. 2411:30-1:30 program

Where: Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County, 6393 Oak Tree Boulevard, Independence

Cost: Cost includes lunch; parking is free.

Early-bird (until Sept. 18). $10 for IABC members, students, and professionals-in-transition; $15 non-members

After Sept. 18: $15 for IABC members, students, and professionals-in-transition; $20 for non-members

Join us for this exciting luncheon. Register today.

About Melissa Nelson

Melissa Nelson, an internal communications Manager for Deloitte, has more than 20 years of experience across the technology and communications arena. She spent much of her career managing the IT department for the Deloitte Cleveland and Columbus offices providing technology leadership and support for more than 450 professionals. Currently, she is part of the national IT communications team. Her role includes writing and publishing technology related information under time constraints, tight deadlines, and incorporating the input of many stakeholders.

Friday
Sep042015

Celebrate NEO Communication Professionals

Who are the big winners of this year’s IABC Vision in Communication Awards?

On October 7, join area communicators for a night of conversation, great food, and celebrating the Communicator of the Year and other award winners starting at 6:00PM at Ristorante Chinato, located in the East 4th Street entertainment district, owned by one of Ohio’s top chefs, Zach Bruell.

Last year was a lot of fun; this year will be a little different and even better as we celebrate to kick-off the programming year. Join your NEO-area communication colleagues for an evening of celebration!

The cost is $10 for IABC members, $15 for non-members, and $15 for students and professionals-in-transition. This includes free valet parking, heavy Chinato hors d’ouerves, and one drink ticket.

WHERE: Ristorante Chinato, 2079 East 4th Street, Cleveland, 44115

WHEN: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 from 6:00 - 8:30 pm

Make plans to join us! Register today

Saturday
May302015

Two-Session June 26 Program to Teach Useful Skills and Discussion on Strategies

For the final program before summer hiatus on Friday, June 26 from 12:00 noon - 4:30 pm, we've combined two compelling topics to help communicators navigate a more complex world. We as communicators are in the perfect position to help others understand events and circumstances. But first we might need to brush up on some of our own skills and potentially develop new ones. The good news is that what we love to do—reading and research—is one of the keys to analyzing companies. However, we need to gain a good understanding of what key company and industry financials mean before researching. Attend June’s program to gain practical tools you can use immediately.

Program includes lunch from 12:00 noon - 12:45 pm

Join us at: The Taylor Institute for Direct Marketing, 275 South High Street, Room 561, Akron, Ohio 44308 

Session 1: How to Analyze Your Company...or Any Company

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Presenter: Dr. Steve Hallam, Professor of Management, College of Business Administration, The University of Akron

Communicators sometimes get the reputation of being professionals with great skills, except we don’t “know" the business or industry. Attend How to Analyze Your Company--or Any Company and learn some vital analysis tools that you can use to understand more about your organization's performance.

Audiences who could benefit from this presentation include: 
* Human Resources practitioners 
* Internal communicators 
* External communicators 
* Brand managers 
* Marketing communicators

The session will be led by Dr. Steve Hallam, Professor of Management who teaches at The University of Akron College of Business Administration. Dr. Hallam has more than 40 years of experience teaching a variety of business topics. Any business communicator would benefit from learning the skills Dr. Hallam will teach. Handouts will be available.

About Steve Hallam 
Steve Hallam, Ph.D., Professor of Management, has worked at The University of Akron for almost 20 years, and has taught business subjects for more than 40. He has authored the textbook Principles of Management and Leadership, (University Readers/Cognella, 2014) and currently teaches Management Principles & Concepts and Strategic Management 490, a Senior Capstone class. He also has served as Dean of the College of Business at Akron and at the University of Michigan-Flint. He holds a Certificate in Leadership Education from University of Georgia, performed an Independent Study in Leadership Education at Case Western Reserve University, and completed the Leadership Education Program at Harvard University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in Business Administration Major with comprehensive areas in Management Systems and in Computer Simulation.

Session 2: Approaches to Internal and External Communications Strategies Discussion Panel

3:15 pm - 4:30 pm

A panel of professional communicators will discuss what "strategy" means and how they approach determining and implementing communications strategies. This session will be fully interactive with audience members. The panel participants will be announced at a later date.

Program is $10 for IABC Members, students and professionals in transition; $20 for non-members. Make plans to join us for this engaging afternoon of learning and discussion. Register today!

Thursday
Mar262015

April 23 Lunch Program: A Corporate Intranet - Considerations and Insights 

IABC welcomes Lisa Miller, Communications Lead for Shared Services, FirstEnergy Corp., as she helps us think about the strategy and executional details required for redesigning a corporate intranet site for effective internal communications. Her intranet work earned a 2013 Vision Award from business communication peers. Lunch and networking begins 11:30 am, and the program runs from noon-1:30 pm. The program will take place at the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County, 6393 Oak Tree Blvd, Independence, OH 44131. Register Now.

Early-Bird Registration Available. Early-bird registration pricing will be available until April 15, which includes a boxed lunch, will be $15 for IABC members, students, and professionals-in-transition, and $20 for non-members. After April 15, pricing will be $20 for IABC members, students, and professionals-in-transition,
and $25 for non-members. Please be certain to choose your lunch option when
you register.  

About Lisa Miller

Lisa Miller, Communications Lead, FirstEnergy Corp., is the award-winning internal communications manager responsible for providing communications counsel and tactical support to the company’s Shared Services groups (Benefits, Recruiting, Learning & Development, Information Technology, Supply Chain, Corporate Security, Facilities, etc.). She is responsible for managing the company’s intranet that serves more than 15,000 employees. In this work, she oversees the company’s intranet on a daily basis and champions the intranet governance committee and she spearheaded the redesign of the company’s 6-year-old intranet home page to provide daily news and real-time information. She also served as the business project manager for the consolidation of two SAP portals.